Rockford, Illinois

Assistive Technology

Special software or equipment, generally referred to as assistive technology (AT), is available to students with a a variety of disabilities.  AT products provide alternative ways for a student to access a program or service, complete a task, and/or to improve his/her efficiency by minimizing the effect(s) of the disability. AT products can range from low-tech (e.g., an alternative keyboard or a magnifying glass) to high-tech (e.g., screen reading software or a digital tape recorder). Computers located throughout the campus have AT software installed.  In addition, the DSS office has a large inventory of equipment that may be checked out on a loaner basis. 

Following are some examples of AT:

AT Software:

ZoomText Extra
Kurzweil 3000
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dolphin Easy Reader

AT Equipment Available to Loan:

Digital Voice Recorders
Livescribe SmartPens
Looky Portable Electronic Magnifiers
Talking Organizers
Portable Audio Bookplayers
Intel Reader (portable device to scan and convert printed text into audio)
Mobile Text Scanner (Scan, store, and transfer text to computer)
Many more products!

For more information on locations or products, or to inquire about loaning an AT device, contact the DSS office at (815) 921-2371(815) 921-2371.






Livescribe Pen Demo


Philips Digital Voice Recorder Demo


Intel Reader